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Runes of Magic

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Runes of Magic is a great MMORPG with awesome multi-classing, but one that some may find to be …Read Review

Star Trek Online

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Captures Star Trek well in a massive world, but doesn’t offer enough to excite most non-Trekkie…Read Review

Fiesta Online

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Fiesta Online’s empower system boasts great customization, but an aging player base and pay t…Read Review

Roblox

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Roblox is a fun sandbox MMO that focuses on building games, but one that suffers from server is…Read Review

League of Angels

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League of Angels is a fun, casual browser based MMO that’s easy to get into but requires either…Read Review

Drakensang Online

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Drakensang Online is a very respectable diablo clone and makes for a good browser MMORPG….Read Review

Forge of Empires

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Forge of Empires is a free to play game that allows you to build and evolve your own little kin…Read Review

Rail Nation

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Rail Nation is a fun, polished train sim MMO but one that suffers from performance and memory p…Read Review

Imperia Online

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Imperia Online is a strategy MMO with expansive diplomacy and PvP mechanics, but one that is pl…Read Review

Pit of War

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Pit of War is a gladiator sim MMO with real strategy and novel combat mechanics but won’t win…Read Review

Lost Saga

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Fun 3D beat ’em up with great customization options and several game modes, hampered by a serio…Read Review

Path of Exile

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Path of Exile is an excellent successor to Diablo 2 and in many ways, trumps the classic action…Read Review

Dark Orbit

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All in all Dark Orbit isn’t a bad game if you’re looking for a space browser MMO, but you can…Read Review

Star Conflict

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Star Conflict with its fast paced arcade style gameplay and great customization options is fun …Read Review

Aion

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Aion offers a true 3D flight experience and unique high level PvPvE gameplay that feels epic af…Read Review

Perfect World

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Perfect World is far from perfect but offers deep character creation and grand PvP battles….Read Review

Star Wars The Old Republic

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Brings Star Wars to life with epic storytelling and expanding multiplayer features since launch…Read Review

Guardians of Divinity

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If you’re looking for an MMOARPG that doesn’t take a big time investment and can be played in a…Read Review

Rift

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Incredible class customization and immersive environments make Rift a great game to play for an…Read Review

Lord of the Rings Online

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Makes great use of the license to create a MMO that truly emphasizes plot, narrative, and a liv…Read Review

Twin Saga

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Twin Saga is an upbeat anime-styled MMO with jobs, mobile housing, and other unique features in…Read Review
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What are Free to Play MMO Games?

Obviousness of free meaning something you don’t need to pay for aside, these games do share some common qualities. At the same time, they also split in some key areas for how they generate revenue from the players.

Fifteen years ago, we would never have believed that some of the best games of the genre would be free to download and play. Back during the inception of the MMO era, this genre of gaming was actually the most expensive to play. There was a box fee like any other video game and an additional monthly subscription fee. And the average subscription fee started to climb, not decline as popularity increased. But then a few publishers decided to try something that would change the online landscape forever.

Instead of forcing players to pay money upfront prices and a subscription fee on top, these publishers decided to release their games as free to play MMOs. These games individually weren’t particularly novel, typically copying the best of paid MMORPGs into a free MMORPG model. The catch here was that players could buy items in game with real money. And paid items in these games were typically far better than what a non-premium player could acquire. So while the big money spenders were getting really strong, they were also the ones financial supporting the game for everyone else. This is typically referred to as a freemium model with some players getting a “premium” version of the free product. It’s a formula that still works today, but is one that creates some anxiety as people (including us) worry about pay to win freemium content.

Eventually, makers of big budget titles saw how successful MMOs with a free play option could be. Free MMOs started to release with unique features and modern capabilities instead of the copycat, rehashed game design that the subgenre was initially known for. They also began to toy with free to play monetization models. They introduced optional subscriptions for more content, in game skins and costumes to change character appearance, and “fun” items without any power benefit. They also provided options to buy things for much less real life money, meaning less “whales” but many more consumers. Especially because the populations of free to play MMO games with a fair revenue model tend to be much higher. You’ll find many different monetization strategies and how the cash shop affects the in game economy can be a huge boon or bane to overall enjoyability.

Although pay to win is certainly a concern, it doesn’t necessarily ruin gameplay. Many titles don’t have a lot of direct player interaction (for better or worse). As a player this lets you consume free content without the worry of falling behind, possibly just dabbling with freemium items as the need suits. The free online RPGs that stifle growth when competitive PvP starts are the titles of which to be truly weary.

Today, the free to play MMO space offers a myriad of different options with different choices. This is both in terms of the games themselves and how they choose to monetize. Ultimately, we try to present the best free MMORPGs available on this page. One size certainly does not fit all so keep that in mind when looking. It may take a few tries to find your perfect MMOG from the batch of games offered. Luckily, we always try to keep the list updated as new games release.